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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Victorian Advent Calendar on: November 27, 2015 11:20:59 AM
A pretty Advent calendar, all ready to be sent off to kid #1! The little girl's dress is folded crepe paper and the star was made from a length of wired pine trim.

The inspiration hit to make a German feather tree too, but the decorations are simply collage images instead of spun cotton ones. I made one and thought that was enough.  Cheesy

HERE is a list of the things I used for the Advent calendar.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / La Petite Patisserie on: November 11, 2015 09:25:25 PM
Miniatures have become a recent interest for me, and when I found out that Alpha Stamps has a pre-cut storefront room box, well, that just solidified my need to make this tiny bakery. I stocked it with macarons, croissants, bread, cookies; oh! I can almost smell the deliciousness.

Most of the breads are made from polymer clay and push molds, and are coloured with soft pastels and coated with gloss varnish. The apron is a scrap of stamped fabric trimmed with ribbon.

I bought a standard dollhouse outdoor light fixture for the storefront, which I painted with acrylics to better match the decor. The indoor light is a dollhouse bulb with a paper shade.

The long table is balsa wood pieces and these table legs.

There is a short tutorial on my blog on how to make impossibly easy cakes and to see how the rest of this project came together.

Bon Appetite!

3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Banana Split! on: November 02, 2015 02:20:27 PM
After years and years, my two small people finally agreed to "The Banana Split". I think it was the humongous cardboard banana that won them over.

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Baby Bat Ornament on: October 16, 2015 01:50:07 PM
Baby Bat was pretty popular at our house so I made a few for my girls. This one is being sent to live in Florida, along with its Hallowe'en traveling cage.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baby Bat Says,"Boo!" on: October 11, 2015 08:04:40 PM
Aww, a little teensy bat ready for Hallowe'en.

Wool felt, pluffy felt, pipe cleaner, and beads. Quick and cute!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / One Tiny Halloween Bunny on: September 23, 2015 05:24:49 PM
Here's a flurfy little Trick-or-Treater made for rackycoo for the OTT Hallowe'en Holidays 7, a swap chock full of magnificent Craftsterers. Keep checking the gallery because it is about to get fantabulous.

The bunny has a wool pom pom body and head, with cotton chenille stem arms and legs. The chenille stem was white, which made it look weird, so I needle felted over the wire with a cream coloured wool that matched. The jack-o-lantern is wool felt from the stash, and all was glued to a painted wooden base.

Thanks for the great pics, racky!
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Happy Halloween Book Pages on: September 06, 2015 01:11:36 PM
I got to mess around with a few really cool chipboard houses from Alpha Stamps for an upcoming Haunted House Swap. They are a pretty nice size, ranging from about 7" to 9" high. That's a lot of room to decorate! I left mine fairly simplistic, with the idea that the recipient may want to bind them as a book. Here are a couple of the houses I embellished for the swap.

Satan can be removed from the house and posed. I can't figure out if he's doing a goofy jig, or if he's in need of the restroom.

This one has little postcards you can pull out of a pocket.

There are a few more pics on my blog and go join the Alpha Stamps Haunted House Swap! Turn your houses into a book, a wall banner, or make stands and have a Haunted Community (that's double sided!)
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Hallowe'enie TM Wall Hangings on: August 24, 2015 07:22:31 PM
Two TM styled wall hangings for Ludi in the Vintage Halloween Swap. The buttons and lace are from the stash of things I received from my great-grandmother many moons ago. She worked at a button factory and probably made a few of those! The witches' faces are polymer clay painted with acrylic and then varnished.

Check out the Little Imp she sent me!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Matchbox Circus ABCs on: August 10, 2015 07:13:22 PM
Here's something I made for our dear sweet rackycoo in the IYP 25 swap- 26 bitty circus works of art that fit into a matchbox. I had been struggling with my art at the time, having abandoned painting and drawing for a long while, and these minuscule pieces made easing back into it a bit less daunting. The cards are made from mixed media ATC cards that were cut to fit inside the 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" matchbox. It was exhilarating to paint, stamp, doodle, and draw whatever felt right on each of these cards, probably because they were so small, but maybe because I had all of that bottled up for so long it just had to get out in a manic kind of way!  

The backgrounds are mostly acrylic paint, various stamps, black pen, crayon, coloured pencil, and pastels. All of the images are either collage images or hand drawn.

The completion of this little work helped me feel more confident in my art and I've since enjoyed drawing or painting every day (even if they are only ATCs!)  Cheesy

Thanks to rackycoo for the in-focus shots...the rest are mine. Phtttht.
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Boneyard Bash on: August 02, 2015 08:50:17 PM
Anyone else ready for Hallowe'en?

It is hot and muggy and just plain awful in the south this time of year, so to boost my spirits I craft Hallowe'en junk.

Zombie kids, spider babies, haunted houses...I love it all.

This began as a cemetery project that turned into a party of sorts. For some reason I love "things that reveal other things", like a haunted house that exposes a crazy gathering of the most unlikely characters.

The haunted house can be removed from the cemetery and opened to display a mishmash of party goers, and what fun they are having!

You can go HERE to see what went into the Boneyard Bash, and you are invited to see more photos on my blog if you'd like. There is the most awesome glow-in-the-dark zombie finger puppet there that my kids and I have had the most fun with!
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